Penn Program for Mindfulness

Our Team and Teachers

The highly qualified instructors at the Penn Program for Mindfulness each have decades of experience in adapting an ancient science to modern needs.

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Michael J. Baime, MD

Michael J. Baime, MD, is director of the Penn Program for Mindfulness at the University of Pennsylvania Health System and has taught mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques since 1983. He teaches mindfulness-based stress management and communication techniques to faculty and students at the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine.

  • Karen Bowles, MD

    Karen Bowles, MD

    Karen Bowles, MD, is a primary care physician and teacher within the medical school at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to teaching in our public program, Karen is the Director of Professional Training for the Penn Program for Mindfulness. Karen also co-facilitates our courses for health care providers, medical, nursing and undergraduate students.

  • Alexander deVaron, DMA

    Alexander deVaron, DMA

    Alexander deVaron, DMA, is on the music faculty of Swarthmore College and Temple University. He has been teaching mindfulness meditation since 1986. During this time his focus has been on how to apply the tools of meditation to the challenges of daily life.

  • Danielle Faust

    Danielle Faust

    Danielle Faust, BS, CYT, is the assistant program coordinator. Her work ensures the accomplishment of goals and objectives in order to support the success of the program. Formerly a public school educator, she now teaches the after school children's yoga program at The Philadelphia School. She is a nationally certified yoga instructor who teaches children and adults at various studios in Philadelphia.

  • Dan Gottlieb

    Dan Gottlieb

    Dan Gottlieb is a psychologist and marital therapist and has been in practice nearly 40 years. His career started in community mental health and substance abuse until his accident in 1979 made him a quadriplegic. Since that time, he has been in private practice. Since 1985, he has been hosting a radio show called "Voices in the Family" on WHYY FM, Philadelphia's NPR affiliate. He was a regular columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer from 1994 until 2008. He is also the author of four books.

  • Robin A. Hall, BA

    Robin A. Hall, BA

    Robin A. Hall, BA, is a marketing/media professional with a background in healthcare promotion. As Program Coordinator, she manages the daily activities that keep our programs running smoothly. In addition to that, she is responsible for securing promotional and advertising opportunities that contribute to increasing the awareness of and participation in our mindfulness programs.

  • Lawrence J. Ladden, PhD

    Lawrence J. Ladden, PhD

    Lawrence J. Ladden, PhD, is a licensed psychologist who teaches mindfulness as a foundation for therapeutic work. He is a licensed practitioner of the Systems-Centered approach, a model for change consistent with the values and practice of mindfulness.

  • Scott McBride, BA

    Scott McBride, BA

    Scott McBride, BA, is a stress management consultant with over 25 years experience teaching foundation and advanced levels of mindfulness and other stress reduction techniques. He has taught seminars throughout the United States and Canada.

  • Bidi McSorley, MD

    Bidi McSorley, MD

    Bidi McSorley, MD, is a physician in center city and on clinical affiliate faculty at University of Pennsylvania and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She received training through the Penn Program for Mindfulness and is especially interested in mindfulness for children, teens, and parents.

  • Jenny Mills, M.Ed.

    Jenny Mills, M.Ed.

    Jenny Mills, M.Ed. is the Director of Development for Educational Programming at the Penn Program for Mindfulness, developing courses for teachers, counselors, and teens. Unlike traditional mindfulness programs, Jenny's MindfulME! Framework embeds tools and strategies directly into the curriculum. In her workshops and classes, she gives teachers and counselors mindfulness strategies to support and enhance teaching and learning. For current projects, please visit www.rootsandwingsonline.org.

  • Gabriel Rocco, MA

    Gabriel Rocco, MA

    Gabriel Rocco, MA, is a psychotherapist in private practice. He often teaches mindfulness to cancer patients in treatment and leads programs for parents, healthcare workers and the general public. His study and practice of meditation also extends for over 20 years.

  • Lori Volpe, BA, RYT

    Lori Volpe, BA, RYT

    Lori Volpe, BA, RYT, received training in teaching mindfulness at the Penn Program for Mindfulness and through a 7-day professional training retreat directed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli. Her meditation and yoga practice spans 18 years. Lori has extensive experience leading and facilitating groups for diverse organizations and, in addition to teaching meditation and yoga, is administrator of a non-profit meditation center.

  • Mara Wei, M.Ed.

    Mara Wai, M.Ed.

    Mara Wai, M.Ed. is the Program Manager. She oversees program development and administration, teaches foundation and other mindfulness programs, and blends her yoga training to occasionally teach mindfulness-based movement workshops.